September is National Guide Dog Month! Help raise AWARENESS and RECOGNITION for the beautiful and selfless dogs everywhere.
“82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above”, World Health Organization. Guide dogs are those that go through rigorous training to assist many of those visually impaired and blind with their mobility.
Let’s find out more about these one of a kind creatures!
What’s in a breed?
There are a few breeds that have stood up to the test of time and are now recognized to be some of the best guide dogs available. These breeds include Golden Retrievers, Labradors and German Shepherds are a consistent choice by guide dog facilities.
Through a variety of techniques each dog is trained to assist a visually impaired person with mobility. Guide dogs are trained to lead, avoid distractions, obey commands BUT disobey commands that would put themselves or their handler in danger.
They are taught to:
Walk in a straight line instead of wandering and sniffing every hydrant in sight.
Stop at curbs.
Have selective disobedience and disobey commands when the action could be harmful to the dog or handler.
Navigate obstacles while maintain safety of the handler.
Owning a guide dog can…
A sense of security
Develops confidence and independence
Helps against depression due to loneliness
Gives comfort when visiting new places
Increases interaction with others
In many places, guide and service dogs are an exception to the rules and regulations of public transportation and restaurants.
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